deathly

adjective
death·​ly | \ ˈdeth-lē How to pronounce deathly (audio) \

Definition of deathly

1 : fatal
2 : of, relating to, or suggestive of death a deathly pallor

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deathly adverb

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Examples of deathly in a Sentence

A deathly silence filled the room. his deathly pallor suggested that any attempt to find a pulse would be futile
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First Known Use of deathly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deathly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deathly. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for deathly

deathly

adjective
death·​ly | \ ˈdeth-lē How to pronounce deathly (audio) \

Kids Definition of deathly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or suggesting death The crowd became deathly silent.— John Reynolds Gardiner, Stone Fox

deathly

adverb

Kids Definition of deathly (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a way suggesting death deathly pale

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